An interesting aspect i found in Peruvians, a very large percentage of the population are too poor even the middle class to travel around their country. It is sad that many have never seen the Lines of Nasca, the ruins of Machu Picchu, and other national prides. I met people that had only left Lima a few times in their lives, perhaps only visiting the small town of their parents or other family members. Therefore many don't know about how to travel to these places or what cultural secrets these places hold.
The Peruvian flag has a white block between two red ones. Some flags have an elaborate national emblem in the center, and some don’t. I learned that only the government buildings fly the fancy one. All the other flags are plain.
These hairless dogs seem to be calm and good tempered, but they are certainly look strange . Their name in the native language is "Sumac," which Monica (a local guide) says means the same as “bonita” in Spanish. It is the least pretty dog I’ve ever seen.
Our guide gave us a short talk on cultural differences to keep us out of trouble because he had seen us waving the wrong way. Waving hello or goodbye is done from side to side with an open palm. Moving the hand up and down from the wrist means “I have something for you.” Depending on circumstances, it could disappoint a child or seem to be an “invitation” to a man.
The “thumbs up” signal is OK, but making a circle of thumb and forefinger is an offensive gesture
In the midst of heavy traffic that borders on chaos, street performers entertain in the intersections. We saw a guy lying in the crosswalk balancing a pole on his forehead. Just before the light changed, he leaped up and dashed to the sidewalk.
On another street, a kid on a unicycle was juggling in an intersection while we waited at the red light. Suddenly there was a loud pop, and he was finished—his tire blew out.
There are stray dogs and cats all over Lima. And these dogs are so much smarter than any dog in the US. They can cross the busy streets, they look both ways! And they move around like they are little humans with a place to be. Plus they are friendly, they aren't feral at all!
Though often shrouded in fog, Lima is one of the world’s driest cities. In the face of chronic drought, how do they maintain the many green spaces in the city? With irrigation. There are men whose job it is to water all the green places and parks.
We saw a man watering this area from the bus. But the same goes for ANY green space that you see on the coast of Peru. If someone didn't water it, it would be dry as dust.
It was just one of those moments you stumble upon when travelling. It's late in Miraflores. About 9PM in the main plaza, a crowd is gathered in a circular type stage. They have a boombox for music and a local chorus is singing while people dance along.
I am still not sure what it was all about but it was cool!
We saw these courts from the bus. They looked a bit like an outdoor basketball court, but with a soccer goal at each end. The guide said it was a local game something like soccer.
In Lima, many places to play soccer, volleyball and basketball are in private clubs.
Another popular sport among Limeans is fronton, a racquet sport similar to squash invented in Lima but I don't think that's what these courts are for. I did see courts that I thought might be for tennis (photos 3 and 4), so maybe they really were fronton courts.
Not unique to Lima or even Peru, but very common… people asking for money.
While it can pull at your heart strings, you need to think first. Kids running to the car while you are stopped at a red light, might not a behavior you want to reinforce.
It’s one thing for an adult to be doing summersaults or juggling, and looking for a little loose change, but a child is another story.
Also there appears to be a woman with child on every other street. It’s hard to tell who needs the money and who doesn’t.
From what I understand from the locals, people with disabilities do need the money. Job opportunities for the disabled haven’t progressed to the level of other counties yet.
If you just can’t or don’t wish to just go on your way, I would strongly suggest that you keep a pocket full of one Sol coins.
PLAZA ITALIA--Barrios Altos--On Saturdays and Sundays there is a wonderful assortment of typical Peruvian Dishes in the Plaza Italia, located 3 blocks from the Congress Building. It is next to the China Town barrio, lots of good and inexpensice food. The Food Festival is under the dirrection of some of the best Chefs in Lima and everthing is very clean and throughly inspected. There usually some live music and just a safe and great way to sample almost everything.
La devoción en lima al Señor de los Milagros es muy grande y en el mes de Octubre celebran sus festividad
Todos sus cofrades visten de morado y todo incluso las velas son del mismo color
In Lima they are devotes of the Señor de los Milagros (Lord of the Miracles) and in October they celebrate their festival
All their brotherhods are dressed on purple and every thing including the candles are purple
El museo de Antropología que está en el barrio de Puerto Libre tiene cerámicas , textiles , momias... , de las culturas Nazca , Ichma así como la reconstrucción de una de las galerías de Chavín
The Antropología Museum that is located in Puerto libre has ceramics , textiles, mommies ... , from the cultures Nazca , Ichma as well as the rebuilt of one of theChavin galleries
San Martín de Porres y Santa Rosa de Lima son dos de los cinco Santos Peruanos y están "enterrados" en la iglesia de Santo Domingo en Lima
San Martín de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima are two of thefive Peruvian saints and they are "burried" in Santo Domingo Church in Lima
El 21 de Octubre se celebra San Hilarión y sus devotos lo sacan en procesión al patio de la iglesia
On October 21st they celebrate San Hilarión and their devotees take him in a parade to the church yard